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Brainy Quotes about Chatbots and Technology

A selection of the most inspiring, famous, and insightful quotes about modern technologies, AI, and chatbots from the best authors, scientists, and innovators.

Chatbots are a hot topic and everyone in the tech industry is excited about them. Here is a selection of interesting and inspiring quotes about technology and chatbots.

The quotes come from famous scientists, top journalists, and chatbot developers from all around the world. Read them to find guidance and inspiration to create a chatbot of your own.

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Quotes About Innovation

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke’s Third Law

When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.

Elon Musk
CEO of SpaceX

I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.

Ray Kurzweil

You all know that chatbots are a new technology altogether. It’s like the early age of the Web. Things are still shaky yet growing at the speed of light.

Rashid Khan
Build Better Chatbots

Quotes About Technology and Machine Evolution

Reflect upon the extraordinary advance which machines have made during the last few hundred years, and note how slowly the animal and vegetable kingdoms are advancing. The more highly organized machines are creatures not so much of yesterday, as of the last five minutes, so to speak, in comparison with past time.

Samuel Butler
Erewhon: Or, Over the Range
If you picture the journey of chatbots from the 1960s to now, you can see that what was once a fantasy of being able to communicate with a nonliving virtual being is now part of our everyday lives.

I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.

Alan Turing

What will limit us is not the possible evolution of technology, but the evolution of human purposes.

Stephen Wolfram
Computation and the Future of the Human Condition

No matter how sophisticated or powerful our thinking machines become, there still will be two kinds of people: those who let the machines do their thinking for them, and those who tell the machines what to think about.

C.J. Lewis

Although the technology allows us to develop a bot that behaves in just about any way, that doesn’t mean we should.

Szymon Rozga
Practical Bot Development

Quotes About Human and Chatbot Conversations

Before there were computers, we could distinguish persons from non-persons on the basis of an ability to participate in conversations. But now, we have hybrids operating between person and non persons with whom we can talk in ordinary language.

Kenneth Colby
Comments on Human-Computer Conversation

To the user, chatbots seem to be “intelligent” due to their informative skills. However, chatbots are only as intelligent as the underlying database.

Peter Gentsch
AI in Marketing, Sales and Service

Although conversing with a bot is not the same as speaking with a human, messaging a friend is the closest analogous experience. Since users are still getting used to bots, it is reasonable to take those interactions as samples of how a bot should behave.

Szymon Rozga
Practical Bot Development
For Millennials, chatbots are a natural extension of texting. Millennials, having grown up with the Internet and responsive on-demand services, often cite phone calls as being overly intrusive, even presumptuous – thus their preference for texting.

Fryer and Carpenter did an experiment where 211 students were asked to chat with ALICE and Jabberwocky chatbots. The feedback in general was that students enjoyed using the chatbots, and felt more comfortable and relaxed conversing with the bots than a student partner or teacher as in classical teaching.

Bayan Abu Shawar
Chatbots: Are they Really Useful?

Ironically, a lot of people think that they’ve never used a chatbot, they’ve never experienced it, when in fact they have. Because Siri and Google and Alexa and all those voice-activated speaking bots, if you will, those are actually audio chatbots.

Kelly Noble Mirabella
Spiderworking

Quotes About Chatbot Application

Thinking about the bot as a frontend representative of your product or service can make a lot of sense, and having a delightful bot that provides a useful service can generate strong attachment to your brand.

Amir Shevat
Designing Bots: Creating Conversational Experiences

Chatbots are not just software in the modern era. Chatbots are like our personal assistants who understand us and can be microconfigured. They remember our likes and dislikes and never tend to disappoint us by forgetting what we taught them already, and this is the reason why everyone loves chatbot.

Sumit Raj
Building Chatbots with Python

Chatbots are important because you won’t feel stupid asking important questions. Sometimes talking to someone can be a bit intimidating. Talking to a chatbot makes that a lot easier!

Petter Bae Brandtzaeg
Why People Use Chatbots

Chatbots in retail are enjoying a surge due to the omnipresence of messaging apps. Retail brands are using these platforms to bridge the gap between online and offline experiences. By leveraging the ability to build a chatbot on these platforms, brands are engaging with their customers in a more conversational setting.

Pamela Kokoszka
Retail Insight Network

In the music world, “bot” is often a dirty word, conjuring up the tools used by high-tech ticket scalpers. Yet 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg and Kiss have all deputized chatbots as their automatic, ever-alert greeters on Facebook Messenger, handling the flood of inquiries that would overwhelm any human. 

Ben Sisario
The New York Times
I think chatbots are the future of engagement between a fan and a brand or celebrity.

Call centers, websites, and mobile apps are no longer the only means of interaction with brands. Chatbots are fast becoming a business imperative for businesses that want to engage with their customers. Online chat through chatbots has grown faster than any prior channel.

Eileen Brown
ZDNet

In addition to being revenue generators, chatbots can also serve as research bots, or for lead generation and brand awareness to save businesses money. As more businesses and consumers use chatbots, the more demand will exist for better development of chatbots, thus making it easier for companies to implement them within their business.

Mai-Hanh Nguyen
Business Insider

Why Computer Voices Are Mostly Female?

I’m not sure if it’s 100% true, but I’ve heard from many sources that the main reason most computer voices are female is because of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Allegedly, computer voices were once predominantly male, but the computer voice of HAL freaked people out so much that for the next 20 years machine voices became increasingly female.

Anne Ahola Ward
The SEO Battlefield

Will AI Take over the World?

I believe we will remain in charge of the technology for a decently long time and the potential of it to solve many of the world problems will be realised

Rollo Carpenter
the creator of Cleverbot

Technology is a word that describes something that doesn’t work yet.

Douglas Adams
The author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

(The Sophie chatbot) is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic. Perhaps we should call this “Cargo Cult AI” or “Potemkin AI” or “Wizard-of-Oz AI”. In other words, it’s complete bullsh*t (pardon my French). You might say that there is no such thing as real magic. Yes, but there is no such thing as real AI either.

Yann LeCun

Facebook’s project to create AI that could negotiate with either other bots or human resulted in the AI creating its own shorthand and even lying. This has been written about as some indication that AI is taking over the world when, in reality, although these are fascinating and discussion-worthy behaviors, they are side effects of the training process. In the future, some of these side effects may become creepier and scarier as the complexity of the networks produce more unintended emergent behavior. For now, we are safe from an AI takeover.

Szymon Rozga
Practical Bot Development

Quotes About Epic Chatbot Failures

I HATE being addressed by machines. We have a microwave that says, “Enjoy your meal!” when the bell goes off, even if you have only warmed up a cup of coffee. I tell the microwave to shut up, though not exactly in those words. 

Joe Sharkey
The New York Times

Microsoft’s disastrous chatbot (Tay) was supposed to learn to chat from Twitter interactions, but was terminated after becoming a genocide-supporting Nazi less than 24 hours after being let loose on the internet.

Hannah Devlin
The Guardian

In natural interactions, people change their minds, use sarcasm or slang, and switch between languages. Most chatbots lack the ability to carry on truly personalized, human-like conversations that people may expect, which explains why Facebook Messenger bots only have a 30 percent success rate responding to requests without human intervention.

Kieran Alger
Forbes

Will Chatbots Replace Humans?

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. 

Elbert Hubbard

Our customers are not looking to get rid of their people; they’re actually looking to move them up to more revenue-generating activities that are more intellectually challenging. They see AI as an opportunity to move their people up the intellectual stack, where they become more productive contributors to the enterprise.

Max Yankelevich
CEO of WorkFusion
Many thought the ATM would replace banks and tellers, but in reality, it simply created a new channel. That is what chatbots will deliver for brands - a new communication channel.

Chatbots are already ever-present in various sectors, offering precision, automation, scalability, and efficiency. Yes, they will inevitably kill jobs, but as long as industries move quickly and are flexible, they will be able to place talented people in positions to supervise, maintain, and work with chatbot tools.

Nicolas Fayon
CEO of Heek (VentureBeat)

The Brainiest Chatbot Quote of Them All

To end our brainy quote collection on a high note, here is the brainiest of the brainy chatbot quotes:

It is precisely the “central personal vision” of Lanier and “single taste” of Nietzsche that is lacking in most chatbots.

Brian Christian
The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive

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